New buildings and programs for Lowcountry students returning to school


    (WCIV)

    New and improved! Some students across the Lowcountry will be attending classes in brand new buildings this year.

    Construction has been rapid in Berkeley County. On Monday, students are walking the halls of two new schools. Foxbank Elementary School will house around 750 students. In Hanahan, Bowen’s Corner Elementary School is also opening its doors.

    In Dorchester District Two, the Rollings Middle School of the Arts opens Monday. The new school is in Summerville. Construction on several other schools in DD2 continues, the new Career and Technology Center for Summerville High School is underway. It’s expected to open this November.

    In Charleston County, no new school buildings are opening. On James Island, the Septima P. Clark Academy is moving back to the Gresham Meggett campus after being in North Charleston High School for two years. But the big project for CCSD is the new District 2 Regional Stadium. It’s located in Mount pleasant on the Wando High School campus.

    The $13 million stadium will be the home for Wando High School and the future Lucy Beckham High School.

    It holds 6,000 people and has 1,000 parking spaces.

    Safety and security for all Lowcountry districts has been a top priority during the summer months. School resource officers will now be at all DD2 schools.

    Berkeley county is adding two School Resource Officers at Stratford and Cane Bay High School. They’re also adding a training officer and investigator to the safety and security office.

    In Charleston County, the district announced they’re trying out bullet proof doors as a part of a pilot program in the district. The names of the schools haven’t been released yet. The board approved funding earlier this year to put a school resource officer in every Charleston County School.

    All Lowcountry schools have a number of new programs for students.


    New Programs at Dorchester for 2018-2019:

    • Microburst Learning Softskills Program for grades 9 and 10
    • University of Florida Literacy Intervention Program for our Early Childhood grades (K-2)
    • Project Based Learning Program for Woodland High School
    • Communications Class at Woodland High School
    • 21st Century after school programs at Clay Hill Elementary, Harleyville Elementary, Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle, St. George Middle


    For Berkeley County, New Programs/Initiatives:


    Career and Technical Education (CTE):


    Charleston County School District:

    • Frierson Elementary transitioning into a Montessori Program
    • Hands of Christ free school uniforms and school supplies

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